Hobart Hurricanes’ newest international WBBL recruit Lauren Winfield says that it was the close-knit nature of the Hurricanes’ WBBL squad which attracted her to Tasmania for the upcoming Big Bash season.
Winfield has played the last two seasons of the competition with the Brisbane Heat, but said she was glad to be moving down south this summer.
“I’ve played at the Brisbane Heat the last two seasons and the Hurricanes are always a team which seem like a really tight group and have a fantastic program led by Julia Price,” she said.
“It was definitely something I wanted to be involved in and when I was asked to play for the Hurricanes I didn’t think twice.
“Seeing the way the Hurricanes do the little things like having the names on lockers and stuff like that which doesn’t necessarily go on at other clubs that I’ve been involved in, makes a huge difference because you feel like you’re part of something special.”
Having both played in the recently completed women’s Ashes series, Winfield said her relationship with England captain and former Hurricanes batter Heather Knight was a key reason for her move.
“I play under Heather Knight in the England side and she was able to put in a bit of a word to get me here so I’m hugely excited about the opportunity to play for the Hurricanes,” she said.
“Heather said it was a great program with a great bunch of girls. Any group that she’s been involved in is the kind of group you want to be involved in as well.”
The Hurricanes have undergone four list changes in the off-season, recruiting Winfield along with Indian batter Veda Krishnamurthy, Stefanie Daffara (Sydney Thunder) and Nicola Hancock (Melbourne Renegades).
“I think that’s a good thing with T20 franchises, playing personnel change a fair bit which keeps things fresh and exciting,” Winfield said.
“Everyone’s keen to learn off each other and learn about each other. I’m excited to come to a new group and keen to have some success.”
Playing most of her cricket as an opening batter, Winfield said she was looking forward to playing that role for the Hobart Hurricanes this summer.
“I’ve spent most of my time at the top of the order, but I’ve played in various roles from one to five, so it just depends on the makeup of the team and how we all kind of slot together within that jigsaw puzzle.”
The Hurricanes commence their WBBL|03 campaign against the Adelaide Strikers on December 9.